The NC State women’s tennis program keeps on making history, topping No. 3 seed UGA 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon to move on to the Final Four. It was the Pack’s first appearance in the Elite Eight and now it is in the national semifinals for the first time.
It was freshman Abigail Rencheli who clinched the victory for the Wolfpack by defeating the Bulldogs’ Marta Gonzalez.
FINAL. FOUR. BOUND. #GoPack pic.twitter.com/jnscLy4BE1— NC State W. Tennis (@PackWTennis) May 19, 2021
NC State won the doubles point by taking two of three matches and won three singles matches to advance, all three of which were upsets based on individual rankings. Rencheli is ranked 30 spots below Gonzalez, for instance.
NC State, which is the No. 6 overall seed, will face No. 2 overall seed Texas in the semifinal round. On the opposite side of the bracket, No. 1 and undefeated UNC looms—though the Tar Heels still have to get past Duke in the quarters and the winner of No. 4 UCLA/No. 5 Pepperdine in the semis to reach the championship match. That there’s a chance State and Carolina could be playing for a national title melts my brain a little bit.
Anyway, the semifinal round gets underway on Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET. Broadcast/streaming information can be found at this link.